Thai Foreign Minister Resigns After Cabinet Reshuffle

Thai Foreign Minister resigns after losing Deputy PM role, raising questions about government stability and foreign policy direction amid cabinet reshuffle.

Geeta Pillai
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Thai Foreign Minister Resigns After Cabinet Reshuffle

Thai Foreign Minister Resigns After Cabinet Reshuffle

Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara has resigned from his post after being removed from the position of Deputy Prime Minister in a recent cabinet reshuffle. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin received Parnpree's resignation letter on Sunday, according to government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke.

In the new cabinet lineup endorsed by the king and published in the Royal Gazette, Parnpree was listed only as foreign minister, no longer holding the concurrent role of deputy prime minister. "Holding just the foreign ministerial post could hinder my work in international affairs," Parnpree said, confirming his resignation. He expressed confidence in his achievements, stating, "I have total confidence in my work."

During his tenure, Parnpree worked to promote Thailand's roles in the international community and attract foreign investment. In his resignation letter, he highlighted his efforts to ensure the safety of Thais overseas, including negotiating the release of 23 Thai nationals taken hostage in Israel and repatriating 8,000 Thais from the country. Parnpree also mentioned fostering relationships with ASEAN, the EU, India, and other global powers.

Why this matters: The resignation of a high-profile cabinet member like the foreign minister can have implications for Thailand's international relations and foreign policy direction. It also raises questions about the stability and effectiveness of the government following a significant cabinet reshuffle.

Government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke assured that Parnpree's resignation will not impact the country's foreign affairs work, as the foreign ministry's permanent secretary and officials can handle the responsibilities. "The resignation will not affect the government's work in foreign affairs," Chai stated. The resignation comes amid a broader cabinet shake-up that saw four other ministers lose their jobs and the appointment of a new finance minister, Pichai Naripthaphan, who is expected to help address economic challenges and promote tourism.

Key Takeaways

  • Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara resigns after losing deputy PM post.
  • Parnpree cites hindered international work as reason for resignation, confident in achievements.
  • Resignation follows broader cabinet reshuffle, including new finance minister appointment.
  • Government assures foreign affairs work unaffected, permanent secretary and officials to handle.
  • Resignation raises questions about government stability and policy direction after major changes.